Cumberland Times-News

January 30, 2013

Three city of Cumberland employees target of theft investigation

Jeffrey Alderton and Greg Larry
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Three city employees are under investigation by the C3I Unit concerning theft allegations.

In response to a Times-News inquiry, City Administrator Jeff Rhodes confirmed Tuesday evening that an investigation was under way  concerning three employees of the city’s public works department.

Wednesday, the C3I Unit said in a news release to the Times-News that an investigation is under way concerning allegations of theft from the city’s Public Works Department garage.

“The allegations came to light after a review of invoices for purchase made for the city garage and several discrepancies were discovered. An investigation was initiated at that time,” said a C3I spokesman who declined to elaborate on the allegations or on-going investigation.

The city and the Public Works Department administration “is cooperating fully in the investigation and has taken appropriate administrative action regarding three employees in accordance with the city’s policies and procedures, pending the outcome of the investigation,” read the news release.

Late Wednesday afternoon, State’s Attorney Michael O. Twigg said he was aware of the matter and confirmed that the investigation is continuing. He declined to provide any further details.

At about the same time, City Administrator Jeff Rhodess told the Times-News the investigative matter did not affect any services to city taxpayers. He declined to provide any more information regarding the ongoing investigation and any action the city has taken concerning the employees involved in the investigation.

The Times-News also attempted unsuccessfully to contact City Attorney Michael Cohen about the theft investigation involving the city.

Greg Larry may be contacted at the glarry@times-news.com and Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.